World of Away in 365 DaysDec 19, 2020
Week 52: Bon Voyage
If you are about to begin your career break in the coming year I want to wish you a heartfelt Congratulations! And I encourage you to savor this moment. For those of you who've been listening and cheering from the sidelines, curious to see what comes next, but not yet ready to commit to your own career break, hopefully you've picked up some solid ideas and have answer to your questions. Whether you're considering World of Away for yourself or are recommending it to someone else, you're always welcome to return to this podcast when you need some inspiration, support and encouragement.
Week 51: Intrepid is as intrepid does
Sometimes we rely on our surroundings to find our bearings, but don't allow your doubts or nerves or the expectations and concerns of others to pull you off course. As you're getting ready to step into World of Away, stand tall on what you've built and look out at the horizon to chart your course towards your destination.
Week 50: Pack and Play
This week you roll up life as you know it and clear a path for your career break. For some that means packing things up and for others it may mean letting go to make room for something new.
Some packing lists to get you started and suggestions for how to pack your stuff:
Packing List for Women Traveling Alone by Hobo With a Laptop
14 Genius Packing Tips to Help You Travel Like a Pro from Good Housekeeping
A Beginner's Guide to Packing Your Home for a Household Move - from TheSpruce.com with great tips even if you're just storing things for a while.
Week 49: Kind Words of Farewell
Not everyone is comfortable with goodbye, and when it’s time to leave for your career break you might be tempted to just quietly slip away. But none of us can reach World of Away alone, and farewelling provides an important opportunity to thank people for their support.
Week 48: On a Need to Know Basis
This week you make sure folks know what to do when you're not there to do it.
Previous World of Away in 365 Days podcast episodes referenced in this week's podcast:
Week 47: What to expect when you're expecting
This week you update everybody's expectations, including your own.
Week 46: Carried Away
This week you sort through the tools and gadgets you plan to use for World of Away.
Tips for designing a home office (if you're staging World of Away at home)
Week 45: Unlocking Conflict
This week we talk with Catherine Morrison, executive coach, consultant, and law professor specializing in conflict management and negotiation who has taught at Johns Hopkins University and Penn State University. Catherine is here today to share with us her insights about how to manage and anticipate conflict and use it to our advantage.
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Shelia Heen
Week 44: Reasonable Doubt
This week we talk with Dr. Kerrie Smedley about the reasonable doubt you may have after you've decided to take a career break and how to feel at ease about your commitment to World of Away.
Here are some additional resources Dr. Smedley recommends:
Self-Compassion.org - Dr. Kristen Kneff's scholarly work on how to use this ancient approach to be kinder to ourselves and get out of the self-criticism habit.
Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life - A classic book on using values and acceptance of discomfort to move toward a richer life.
The Happiness Trap - Another great Acceptance and Commitment approach to help us avoid looking for happiness in the wrong place.
Life is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age - A terrific new book on the importance of transitions for growth and how to cope with the inevitable stress of transition.
Valued Living Questionnaire by Kelly Wilson, Emily K. Sandoz, Jennifer Kitchens, and Miguel Roberts
Dr. Kerrie Smedley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Week 43: Playtime
How can you playfully approach the things you have yet to do for World of Away?
Week 42: Do the Hustle
This week you consider how a side hustle might benefit your World of Away.
Resources to help you find what you're looking for:
Week 41: With a Little Help From My Friends
Week 40: Listing towards World of Away
This week you arrive at an exciting 12-week milestone, time to create your final checklist to help you launch into World of Away.
Week 39: Back to the Future - Taking a slice of your retirement pie
Week 38: A meditation on well-being
This week we meet Dr. Terrah Keck-Kester and discuss stress and burnout and explore some ways to relight your fire.
UMass Center for Mindfulness - website and minfulness resources, books, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
A few apps and websites for meditation, sleep, and relaxtion tools and techniques
Week 37: Seeing is Believing - Some Strategies to Help you Stay Faithful to Your World of Away
This week we consider how to maintain the mindset you need to reach World of Away.
Clearer, Closer, Better : How Successful People See the World by Emily Balcetis
And you can leave Shaun a message about your 12-week checklist or any other comments or questions that come to mind at WorldOfAway.com
Week 36: Why sabbaticals make sense if you love your career
This week we talk with Ben Reeve, successful retailer who loves his career, but also loves to travel, and created The Sabbatical Guide website to help out others who share this passion.
Ben's website: The Sabbatical Guide
Forbes article by Heidi Lynne Kurter: 4 Advantages of Supporting Employee's Side Business
Tim Ferriss blog about Mini-Retirements
Cal Newport's book So Good They Can't Ignore You
Week 35: An Introduction to Housesitting with Stephanie Perry
This week we talk with Stephanie Perry, founder of Vaycarious.com, and Housesitter School, a masterclass available on YouTube that explains and describes how to become a house sitter. This week we learn how Stephanie saved up for her first sabbatical in 2015, an experience that grew into a new life where she is now a year-round house sitter living a life that she loves and working when she has the time.
Stephanie Perry's website is Vaycarious.com
Exodus Summit is a virtual summit September 21 - 27, 2020
Work Away (work exchange)
Week 34: The Debate
This week we tackle the great debate best summarized in the immortal words of The Clash: should I stay or should I go?
Week 33: Answering some FAQ's
This week we answer some frequently asked questions that come my way as people weigh their options for how to design their career break.
Below are some general resources to help you plan a career break
The Power of Time off by Stefan Sagmeister
Housesitting Clients Pick You by Stephanie Perry
Week 32: Point of Departure
This week you decide what will be your last day at work before your career break begins and what projects you'll aim to finish up before you bid your colleagues adieu.
Week 31: Resume-ing
Do yourself a favor and take some time this week to update your resume or CV while the details are clear in your mind and you have time to examine and describe the projects, skills and responsibilities that you maintain and manage at work. That way if you are invited, or feel inspired, to share your resume during your career break, it's all ready to go!
Week 30: Just for the record
Comfortable as we are with recording snippets of life for social media, it's hard to predict what parts of that weekly, monthly, or yearly album we really want to remember or use again at some point in the future. The same mystery applies to the experiences you'll collect during your career break. One question for the modern age is how do you strike a balance between recording a special experience and living it? This week you consider what details you want to collect and how you're going to record your experiences in World of Away.
LeviShortz family blog from World of Away
Week 29: Action plans that secure your World of Away
Week 28: Help me help you
This week you investigate the financial services you currently rely on to uncover which ones will best serve you while you're in World of Away and which ones won't.
Best banks and credit cards for World of Away
Other financial tips
Mint.com - debt management tool
Oh, and here's the shortbread cookie recipe Shaun mentioned. Enjoy!
Week 27: Trial runs
This week it's time for some unscripted movement as you continue working on your tasks. Set aside a few hours to try out experiences you've planned for World of Away, just so you can feel what's like.
Week 26: Things to anticipate as you finalize your travel plans for World of Away
You're officially half way there! And for all of you taking your World of Away or some part of the experience out of your home community and into the larger world, now is the time to start putting your travel arrangements in place.
Travel Guides and Tours
Travel Documents and Vaccinations
International Volunteer Organizations
Week 25: Juggling all the jobs to do to get ready for World of Away
As you ease into the second half of this trek towards your World of Away, you'll be doing more and planning less. We look at strategies to help focus on completing the little jobs that are imporant for your career break, while also working on the big job of finishing thing up within you current career so you can savor World of Away.
Additional goal-tracking tools:
Week 24: Making the ordinary a bit more extraordinary in World of Away
It is time to give some thought to the daily chores and errands you'll be doing during your career break because these every day tasks are what hold the rest of life together, but they can be easy to overlook, even if you're the person who takes care of getting them done. For some people, housework and errands in World of Away might help them relax and allow them to discover and settle into their new patterns. While others might regards World of Away as hallowed ground and will want to avoid distractions and be very deliberate with what they do each day. And that might require creating different daily routines for World of Away.
Week 23: Learning some new moves while you're in World of Away
This week you choreograph the knowledge and skills you want to learn during your career break.
Week 22: The Company You Keep in World of Away
This week you consider who you want to visit you while you're in World of Away.
Week 21: Staying Healthy in World of Away
This week you take a look at ways to stay healthy while you're doing what you have planned for World of Away.
Week 20: Key Ingredients for your World of Away
This week we take a look at how you have arranged your goals, itinerary, finances, network, and housing for World of Away.
Week 19: Finding a home away from home
This week we explore what type of home best suits your World of Away. The links below can help you in your search.
Homestays: short, medium and long-term
Week 18: How to prepare for World of Away so you can leave your cares behind
This week we continue our series exploring living arrangements in World of Away and look at how to set things up in a world away from where you are now.
Some resources to help you prepare your household for your departure to World of Away:
CostHelper is an online tool that provides estimates for projects
CostvsValue compares average remodeling project costs with the value retained at resale
Week 17: Your home as hub for your World of Away expeditions
This week we continue with part 2 of a 3-part series exploring how you will be living in World of Away by taking a look at how to use your home as a hub so you can reach the full extent of your World of Away.
Week 16: All about the base, no travel - How to create World of Away at home
Week 15: How to plan for a career break when so much of life is up in the air
And here is an interesting TED Talk by Stefan Sagmeister, graphic designer and founder of Sagmeister Inc., who takes a sabbatical every seven years.
The power of time off by Stefan Sagmeister
Week 14: Career break as an opportunity to transition into the next phase of your career
Week 13: What is an academic sabbatical and how do you fit it into your career?
Week 12: Where there's a will, there's a way - Career breaks early in your career
Today we talk with Jake Crome, a chemical engineer who took a six-month career break from his first full-time job out of college to hike the Appalachian Trail. Jake was the first person at his company branch to take a career break and during the interview he describes the practical approach he used to design his career break. Pay special attention to how Jake uses transparency, flexibility, and knowledge of his company to his full advantage as he negotiated his leave.
Week 11: Hit Pause...Take a Break
It can be hard to predict how your professional peers will react to your career break plans so before you initiate a formal conversation at work, we review some options for how to configure your break within the context of your current career.
Links to sites with guidelines for writing sabbatical proposals:
Harvard University (first institution in America to establish sabbatical for faculty)
Corporations that offer employee sabbaticals (Inc. article by Amanda Pressner Kreuser)
Week 10: Family, Friends and Fans
If you're on track to launch your career break by the end of this year that puts you at 42 weeks from departure, about 10 months away. You have time to get everything done, and you need to start recruiting help to get everything done. So build a fan club, that core group of people you can lean on.
Week 9: Build Demand for Your World of Away
Energize your desire to go to World of Away into a demand to make the experience happen.
If you want some ideas for designing your World of Away here are some links to companies and organizations that sponsor extended travel and volunteer experiences:
Week 8: Fitting Your World of Away Finances Together
This week you pull together the financial pieces you have been developing in Weeks 5 thru 7 and you assemble your World of Away budget.
Week 7: What path will lead you to and through World of Away?
Week 6: The Dollars and Sense of World of Away
Week 5: Counting coins and cutting costs
Week 4: This is my story and I'm sticking to it
Week 3: Where on Earth and when will you be in World of Away?
This week, we gather up those lists of goals and activities you tabulated last week and use them to help guide your selection of where to place your World of Away.